Nintendo to Unlock 3DS’s 2nd CPU?
Will Nintendo allow developers to access some of the 3DS’s hidden power?
If there were ever a time to consider development for the 3DS, it’d be now. After all, between the 3DS’s autostereoscopic 3D, innovative features, and recent sales spike, the 3DS should be becoming more and more appealing to developers by the hour. However, should any developers still need a little more incentive, according to a leak published on French site Gamekyo, Nintendo still has an ace up their sleeve they might be willing to play. If the recent rumor is to be believed, Nintendo is going to be opening up the 3DS’s second CPU to developers.
This second processor, previously dedicated to the 3DS’s operating system, would allow developers to utilize an additional 25% increase in power for their software. Along with this, Nintendo has supposedly found a more efficient way of processing the 3DS’s autostereoscopic 3D as well, resulting in a decreased strain upon the CPU. These two leaks, despite only being rumors, could present developers with that extra edge needed to create truly beautiful and immersing games. And for those developers who prefer downloadable titles to full-length games, it has also been rumored that Nintendo is increasing the maximum storage space for eShop titles from 16MB to 512MB—a rather welcomed move which could revive interest in the admittedly stagnant eShop.
So what do you think? Will developers take advantage of the rumored 2nd CPU? And will this increase in eShop storage space be utilized? Or will these new features be ignored like many of the 3DS’s other innovations?